Category Archives: engineering

This Week at KID

As usual, KID staff, interns, and volunteers have been hard at work. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to over the last week: All week: KID interns and work study students have been returning to the office after their spring break vacations. Check out KID’s blog to meet the 2016-2017 work study students from the University of Chicago. As KID prepares for this year’s Best Friend Award Night, the interns have been hard at work reaching ... Read more
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Rethinking Furniture Safety: Safer Designs for a Safer Home

After six children lost their lives and other children were seriously injured, IKEA finally issued a recall of millions of their MALM and other models of chests and dressers in the U.S. and Canada. The CPSC urges consumers to contact IKEA for a full refund and to properly anchor all furniture to prevent tip over. KID applauded IKEA’s voluntary recall efforts, yet pointed to the importance of designing products for children and their homes that are ... Read more
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An interview with CPSC’s Jonathan Midgett

Earlier this month, KID had a chance to talk with Jonathan Midgett, an engineering psychologist at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). We asked him some questions about product safety and human factors to better understand how important this field is to protect consumers and keep kids safe.The leader of the Children’s Hazards Program Areas Team at the CPSC, Jonathan has a lot of know-how about how children’s products and children ... Read more
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KID’s TEST program gives students experience in design safety

As the students at Northwestern University are finishing up their spring quarter, the freshman engineering students proudly presented their final design products. Four teams of students worked with Kids In Danger (KID) developing prototypes to address design problems that had led to injuries, deaths and recalls.  Two teams took a look at recent recalls for infant sleep environments other than cribs – the PeaPod Travel Bed, Nap Nanny and others ... Read more
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This week in children’s product safety…

Attention all Illinois residents! The Illinois House is considering HB 3052 which would bring the rest of the state in line with Chicago’s adoption of a ban on the sale of crib bumper pads.  Call your legislator and urge them to vote YES on HB 3052. To keep up with KID’s action agenda no matter where you live, join our KID Action Team.  We’ll give you the tools to be an effective voice in your community for children’s product safety.Monday ... Read more
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University of Michigan students design safer crib

Students at the University of Michigan joined together in Project Safe Crib to look at design ideas to eliminate some of the hazards that have led to millions of cribs being pulled from the market due to defects, injuries and deaths. The team developed a prototype (painted of course in proud Michigan colors) that can only be assembled one way and with virtually no hardware, even though it still has a dropside. The dropside can even store under the ... Read more
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